Design Direct 2008

"Makes me want to learn more, get more engrossed in theatre and work with more people in theatre"
Parveen Ghir, Taster workshop participant


“This course is so important to people like me who need a stepping stone into the theatre”
Samina Baig, director participant on Design Direct

Design Direct Course Participant biographies

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Renu Arora (Director)
Renu is a British-Asian director and trained at Central School of Speech and Drama. Credits include: Freedom (Acting Coach, Arcola Theatre), Eight (One Mind/Tara Arts, Kings Head and Tristan Bates), Retale R & D (Oval House), Love to Loathe (Blue Elephant Theatre), Sandbox (Lion Theatre), Ghost (Tamasha/Soho Theatre), T he Mixer (Riverside Studios), Exploring the Canon - The House of Bilquis Bibi (Sustained Theatre London Hub: Tamasha/Arcola Theatre), The House of Bilquis Bibi Observer (Tamasha/Hampstead Theatre). Renu also works with actors who need to sing.  

Neha Nahata (Director)
Neha's current favourite story is about the sunflower that went looking for a sun which would shine forever. It's her favourite because she's still making it up. Also because Londoners like sun. And Neha likes London. Neha has worked with some wonderful theatrewallahs in India like the late Pt. Dubey, Ashwath Bhatt, Abhishek Majumdar, Manav Kaul & Ravi Jain from Canada. Her latest play was performed at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai last year. She has been earlier involved in writing, photography, advertising. She continues to write, and compose pictures in her head. 

Anna Nguyen (Director)
Anna Nguyen graduated from the Central of School of Speech and Drama with a BA in Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre).  Her directorial approaches have been heavily influenced by Kristine Landon Smith's intercultural practice and she is a Tamasha Developing Artist director with Tamasha. Her work includes co-directing The Edge with Transport Theatre Company; directing new writing at the Soho Theatre, co-directing Take Off produced by Yellow Earth Theatre and Kafka V Kafka with Nameless Theatre.  At the moment she is developing the company's current project A Dream from a Bombshell.

Emma Sampson (Director)
Emma participated in Tamasha’s Actor/Director Lab in 2011 and directed their Small Lives, Global Ties scratch night at The Unicorn Theatre later that year. Her directing credits include: Tartuffe (the Space), The Shape of Things (The Space), Associate Director for A Doll’s House (the Space and Arcola), Assistant Director for Gut Girls (both at the Space) and an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing (Veni Vidi Theatre Company). Alongside directing she experiments with video and digital technologies and has previously collaborated with the Guerilla Dance Company on their performances for the BAC, The Place, The V&A and the Hide and Seek festival at the National Theatre.

Kady Howey Nunn (Designer)
Kady’s first design job was her school play, and she continued designing whilst studying Music and Drama at Manchester University, and since in London. As a musician, Kady is particularly interested in designing for Opera. Her recent credits include the musicals Company and Sweeney Todd by Sondheim; promenade pieceWhitehouse Institute (Manchester University and NSDF); a new opera Narcissus and Echo which featured five composers; a short film At Dusk; new writing Normal? by Ann Akin, and Chapel Street by Luke Barnes, for which she was nominated for Best Set Design in the Offies.

Moira Tighe (Designer)
Moira is a 3D artist and carnivalista, working with primary age schoolchildren and community projects. She specialises in creating eccentric carnival structures. She previously worked with the Rise Phoenix organisation, which worked with children in Bosnia/Croatia, endeavouring to fill the streets with the sounds and colour of carnival. She has continued this with schools in London and Cornwall and has assisted on the creation of structures for the Lord Mayor’s Show. As a trained primary school teacher, her interest in 3D art, sculpture and paper engineering allows her to access both the art and design and technology curriculum, and she has worked on a large number of diverse projects from creating Egyptian Death masks and articulated puppets to the full scale design and decoration of The Reading Shed, a mini playground library. She has worked as Artist in Residence at Green Shoots Environmental and Family Learning Project where she devised the curriculum for visiting schools and ran community celebrations and environmental art workshops. She is, at present, designing foyer art activities and decorations for the Unicorn Theatre and prop-making.

Fariyal Wallez  (Designer)
Fariyal studied Architecture at Sheffield University and the Architectural Association. She has worked on development projects for the German Interior Ministry and Army in Berlin and as a freelance Architect and Interior Design Tutor in London. She became interested in people’s relationship with their body within the wider context of myth and storytelling while writing her Diploma thesis Cities of the Mind, a spatial and narrative exploration on re-making home in post-war Sarajevo. She is currently writing a novel based on her childhood and transitioning to theatre practice as a path towards integrating the threads of design, narrative, and dance.

Bethany Wells (Designer)
"be prepared to be inventive, hands-on, experimental, curious, propositional and windswept."
A graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Royal College of Art, with four years experience in architectural practice, Bethany approaches performance design from the perspectives of an architect, an activist and a citizen, often occupying or activating underused spaces.
Recent work includes Warmth, a wood fired sauna and experimental interdisciplinary project space, built outside the Royal Albert Hall, Breathing Buildings, an inflatable installation utilising waste heat from urban buildings, and Fairground, which won a Helen Hamlyn Design Award 2011, the Will Alsop Award for Urbanisn, and was shortlisted for the Sustain Award and Conran Awards at Show RCA, July 2011.  Bethany was selected for the Wallpaper Graduate Directory 2012 and is currently a member of New Perspectives Theatre Company training ensemble.